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  Daily News for Friday, October 5th
Vintner With Nothing to Hide Finds That Few Are Looking

... he felt the wind of chilly indifference. The silence left Mr. Grahm, who revels in playing the provocateur, scratching his head. "I imagined it would have an impact," he said by telephone. "I wasn't sure if there would be a backlash, or they would be freaked out, but most people haven't really noticed. In a perfect outcome, I would have liked to see interest, and gradually the start of a drumbeat about transparency."

Top Policy Advocate Joins CAWG as Director of Government Relations
Brenda joins CAWG after working nearly three years as a Policy Advocate for the California Chamber of Commerce
Wine's Biggest Winners and Losers
Retail sales show red blends and Sauvignon Blanc way up, Syrah way down
Lawsuit over Thomas Jefferson's wine too late, court finds
A federal appeals court in New York ruled on Thursday that William Koch, the founder of Oxbow Group energy company, had waited too long to file a lawsuit against Christie's auction house.
OC man accused of theft from client wine cellars
The operator of an Orange County business where the public can store its wine bottles has been charged with stealing nearly $3 million in vintage wines from his clients' chilled storage lockers
Napa deal bolsters US and Brazilian ties
Brazil has agreed a deal with the US, which will see Napa Valley's identity protected by Geographical Indication status
Winery software leader Elypsis of Napa to grow by merging with Admiral IT
"Technology advancements are accelerating at a much faster rate than previously seen and wineries are finding creative new ways to build their customer relationships, increase sales revenue and control costs.
Saint-Gobain Hires Iuliana Nita as New Marketing Manager
Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics (SGPPL) has announced the appointment of Iuliana Nita to the position of Global Marketing Manager, Food and Beverage, Process Systems Division.
Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Announces New Communications Team
Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) President & CEO Craig Wolf today announced that the association has hired two new team members and is re-launching its Communications & Public Affairs Department.
French Wine Output Seen at 40-Year Low as Grapes Damaged
Wine production in France, the biggest producer, may slump 20 percent this year to the lowest in at least 40 years after unfavorable weather and disease damaged vines and grapes. Output in the Champagne region is predicted to show the biggest drop.
B.C. vintners savour late run of sunshine
Months of warm, dry conditions after a wet spring 'really saved us,' grower say
Wineries push direct-to-consumer sales despite provincial restrictions
If they can import wine, they intend to ship it to any client in Canada seeking it
Constellation Brands Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2013 Results
The decrease in consolidated comparable basis operating income was driven primarily by increased SG&A expenses and a planned increase in promotional spending for the company's U.S. wine and spirits business, due in part to support innovation initiatives
Napa Valley rabbi brings spirit into winemaking
After experimenting with winemaking for five years, he finally offers his wines, in partnership with Covenant Wines, for sale. So far, demand for his 2011 Lodi zinfandel seems promising
UK: Theft thwarts London grape harvest
Plans to create a wine made from grapes in Richmond, London, have been called off after losing three quarters of the crop the day before harvest.
Brand Profile: Success Inside the Box
DFV's Bota Box Leads the Booming Genre
Wine Spectator's New WineRatings+ App Delivers Convenient, Expert Advice
More than 270,000 wine reviews accessible on the iPhone any time you need them
Forecasts mixed as new California water year begins
Water Year 2011-12 now goes down on record as the first "dry" year since the 2007-09 drought
Food and ag chemical companies dumping over $34 Million against Prop 37
If food and agriculture chemical companies get their money's worth, Californians will be persuaded to keep things just as they are when it comes to food labeling.
Two top sommeliers uncork retail careers
Everybody wants to be a sommelier these days, and yet Chris Meeske and George Cossette are two high-flying somms who left at the top of their game
German Alcohol Company Claims 'Every Drop' Of Its Booze Is Poured Over A Model's Chest
"For us there is nothing more than the eroticism of a beautiful woman"
2012 Grape Harvest Begins in British Columbia
Despite a wet spring, the 2012 BC grape harvest has begun and it promises to be a banner vintage for the Wines of British Columbia.
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